As I write this, I have several large projects looming. Some of them are fun and I want to do them while others are necessary (which is a nice way of saying I don't like them and wish I was doing something else). This is where grit kicks in. Grit is defined as courage, resolve and strength of character.
Grit helps us keep going when we don't want to. Grit is extremely important as we live out our purpose because chances are some of things that we will need to do aren't exactly what we want to. Living a life of purpose requires having a solid understanding of who you are and where you're going. Grit helps you get there. So often when we think of living a life of purpose we see the positive aspects like doing the things we love to do when and where we want to do them. The reality is that in everything that we do, every direction we go, there will be mundane tasks that need done. One of those things for me is receipt tracking. I don't like it and I put it off until I absolutely can't put it of any longer. In fact, one of the looming projects that I have waiting for me is receipt tracking. Tax season is upon me and I can't put it off any longer. Using my inner grit means that I do it anyway. I know that receipt tracking allows me to run my own business and meet with amazing clients who are discovering and living out their purpose. I have to do the mundane tasks so that I can live a life full of passion and purpose. Without grit I would lose sight of my goals, passions and purpose.
The Apostle Paul talks about having grit in Philippians 3:12-14 when he says, "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal ,but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Faith, passion and purpose are lived out one day at a time by holding tightly to vision and using your inner grit to walk it out day to day. As we approach the end of January you might be feeling discouraged about your goals for 2021. Or maybe, generally discouraged that you aren't seeing more progress in going the direction you want in your relationships or career. Don't give up! Instead, go find your grit!
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